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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 6, 2012 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

It is always interesting to see how people saw things then, as opposed to we now look at it . The "author", and his list are very eccentric, to say the least . Hey I love "Anthem", but you have to be out of your mind, or blinding by your love of band to think it was the best album of 68 ! I applaud his individuality, even in that era . If his list was a personal favs. list , ok , but as an overview of the year ...
The "Editor's list " is better, but then there are some weird omissions . He lists Zappa's "Ruben and the Jets" , but not "We're Only In It For The Money"( considered by many to be if not his best album, one of his best), The Kinks "Something Else" gets mentioned, but not "Village Green Preservation Society",(maybe they had not heard it, it was November release) . That is just to of the head . And the Editor puts George Harrison's "Wonderwall" soundtrack way up on the list , as they say these days 'WTF?".
One valuable thing about these lists, is that it might be worth hunting down, the lesser know ones, after all , a lot of good stuff got eclipsed by the monster albums . Also it is funny to see how grumpy these guys are . Dylan, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones all put in some of their bets albums that year...to just mention the obvious !

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 6, 2012 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

One curious thing is how many reviews from the late '60s talk about the decline of rock - critics kept asking, "Is rock dead?" From a later perspective, it's hard to see what they were thinking! Yes, it is funny to see such grumpy reviews from the highpoint of rock...

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 6, 2012 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

I ran this by a friend of mine, and he came up, with some observations that I will paraphrase here .There is some of the, then, USA bias and unawareness of the UK releases . With the Kinks,"Something Else" is a 1967 release but Reprise didn't put it out in the US till early 1968. "Village Green" is a 1968 release, but Reprise didn't put it out in the US till early 1969 . Traffic's first album is a 1967 release, but "Mr. Fantasy" didn't come out in the US till early 1968 (with some changes) . But, Jimi Hendrix's "Axis Bold as Love" came out in 1968 in the US (though a 67 UK release), so why, if they were going by US dates, is it not here ? That first Led Zep album, was released in Jan 69, why is it here ?
A couple of releases that are highly thought of now, are not here . Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" , and the Byrds "Notorious Byrd Brothers" . I'm sure others could come up with different titles . To cut them some slack, there was no wikipedia, (!) and if some of this is based on memory (?), a January release could be thought of as being from the year before .

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 6, 2012 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

You're really researching this!

I thought Village Green didn't make it since it was unpopular at the time; people may well have liked Something Else more. But if it wasn't out in the US til Jan 69, that explains its absence. Zeppelin (Jan 69) doesn't belong for sure!
Axis & Notorious Byrd Brothers & Traffic's first may have been considered '67 albums (or remembered as such). Or maybe the editors just thought they were weaker than the artists' next albums. Astral Weeks (Nov 68) definitely got overlooked, who knows why!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_in_music

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 6, 2012 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

Sorry guys, too busy lately, BUT hope all recall this is MY fav show of all time (if only for the solo of Jerry's out of the drum solo!!!), on a regular basis...

And, of course, I've lived the "grumpy" attacks on CREAM by so many night and day lately it seems, and find it odd to take comfort on one level (this one liked CREAM)and be bitch slapped on another (12-29), so, DD, WTF??!! is right!

But, thx, DD, elb and esp you, LiA; great to pop in and find this stuff!

68 rules! It's the only year in my "real" (top secret) email addy...

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Aug 6, 2012 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Year In Rock: 1968

The end is always near...

the sky is always falling...

Repent as judgement day is upon us...

Long live rock, be it Dead or alive...